Prayers Upon the Threshold of Priesthood: Deacon Michael Cassar

Of your charity, please pray for Deacon Michael Cassar who will be ordained to the holy priesthood of Jesus Christ by Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing on Saturday, June 13, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua. Deo volente. Here is St. Therese of Lisieux’s (1873 – 97) beautiful Prayer for Priests. Let us pray:

O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world's contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and
everlasting crown. Amen.

Note: Due to the present COVID-19 restrictions, Saturday's ordination ceremony will be by invitation only. However you are most welcome to prayerfully participate via livestream on the Diocese of Lansing YouTube channel and this Diocese of Lansing Facebook page. God bless.